When I wrote an article about H.265 and VP9 video encoding, I noticed only the second generation Maxwell Nvidia Graphics would support H.265 decoding (up to 500 fps) and HDMI 2.0 output, a few weeks after purchasing a first generation Nvidia GTX750 GPU… So when GearBest contacted me about Graphics cards reviews I said I would be interesting in HDMI 2.0 and H.265 capable graphics card, which I meant I had to get a card with Nvidia GM20x chip with the cheapest being GTX960. So the company agreed to send me Maxsun MS-GTX960 graphics card matching my requirements for $240.04. I won’t use it for gaming at all, but instead I plan to use the card to evaluate Kodi 16.x 4K H.265 and VP9 support and compare video performance to the cheap and low power Amlogic S905 TV boxes on the market, as well as try out H.265 video encoding, as it should speed up the process by up to 50 times compared to software only encoding. But first, I’ll show a few pictures of the GPU, and installation process that a little different from lower-end cards.
Maxsun MS-GTX960 Unboxing
I received the box via DHL, and was surprised by the rather large size of the package, and that I did not have to pay any custom duties for this type of item…
The card has four video outputs: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and two DVI ports.
Maxsun MS-GTX960 Graphics Card Installation
This is what my previous Kodac GT750 card graphics card looks like when installed in my PC.
All good, I tightened the card with a screw, put all back together, and having upgraded from another Nvidia graphics card, the card was automatically recognized in Ubuntu 14.04, and worked out of the box.
Merry Christmas to all!!!
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
16 Replies to “Maxsun MS-GTX960 Nvidia GTX960 Graphics Card Unboxing and Installation”
That a big a$$ card lol but it’s same for all the new gen cards..mostly they’re all like that 😀
Hi! So, we’re waiting to know how this card works with Kodi and H265 !!!! And it worth, compated to an Ubuntu/Linux/Android tvbox based on a SoC (AmLogic, etc.)
plz, try it with a large majority of softwares including MEDIACODER and FFMPEG with DVXA2 hardware accelatation option enabled, in fact they are very few software that enable the hadware acceleration of the DECODING and ENCODING processes in the same time to achieve the MAX speed
also there is no encoding android app with hardware accel to compare with, the only one I found is this https://github.com/ypresto/android-transcoder but the build failed :p and it’s h.264 only but you should give it a try, may be you will be more lucky than me 🙂
it worth it for sure, nvidia has the best HEVC 10bit 4k decoding for the moment hands down, but the price is a little steep for a media center card
How many channels you can encode ? 2 ?
Please when you’re doing the h.265 encode compare it against a regular cpu only encode; I find that sometimes the GPU encoders do funny stuff to get better performance at the cost of quality.
Do you mean like encoding multiple real-time video streams at the time? I’m not sure.
Yes. wih Intel GPU i can transcode about 30 H.264 streams, with NVIDIA – only 2.
Which software are you using for transcoding? ffmpeg?
According to NVENC specs there is a limit for number of simultaneous encoding threads. GeForce cards are limited by 2 streams.
It’s not a software limitation.
Many product names I’m not familiar with at all in that thread… Some people are claiming that it might be a license issues on NVENC SDK with the number of stream limited to 2 max for GeForce cards.
Hi! Does this card support SLI? And directX12? Is it worth buiyng? I was thinking of buying two of them with my fx8350.
I don’t know the answer to your questions, try to ask on GearBest page.
I’ve only been using the card for H.265 video encoding (OK), and to test Kodi Linux with a 4K TV (not OK, with green lines on the side maybe due to the drivers).
Thanks for your answer. What do tou ssay about that graphic card, by your exprerience? Is it totally crap or?
I’ve been using it everyday but mostly for desktop use with Ubuntu 14.04, and I have not had any problem, except when I tried to switch to 4K resolution. It should have performance similar to other GTX960 cards in Windows and games.
I could not get any output from the card this morning, so I went back to my GTX750 card. It lasted about 10 months…